New Jersey’s Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending Statutory Deadlines for Various Environmental Laws

May 4, 2020

New Jersey’s Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending Statutory Deadlines for Various Environmental Laws

Among the directives, Executive Order No. 136 includes the following:

  • Pauses or delays timeframes governing the Department’s provision of public notice, review and decisions on permits and other approvals for the duration of the public health emergency, including those which would deem applications approved without conditions deemed necessary by DEP to ensure the protection of public health, safety and the environment.
  • Extends deadlines for soil and fill recycling services under the Dirty Dirt Law by the number of days of the Public Health Emergency declared in Executive Order No. 103 (2020) plus an additional 60 days.
  • Extends the July 1, 2020 deadline for the governing body of each municipality to submit its yearly recycling tonnage report to DEP by 60 days.
  • Extends the August 1, 2020 deadline for recyclers, manufacturers, collection locations and local government units who collect electronic devices to submit their semiannual report to DEP by 60 days.
  • Directs DEP to identify where public comment periods must be extended to ensure adequate public participation.

The order will take effect immediately.

Find the Governor’s office release and the full executive order HERE

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